Trish Josephs (Demchuk) As the Director of Applied Research and Innovation Services at SAIT, Trish brings an infectious passion for people, our planet, innovation, technology and education. She has worked extensively with the global innovation ecosystem, all levels of government, First Nation Communities and both large corporations and SMEs, catalyzing conversations and driving the commercialization, aggregation and integration of technology to deliver value. She is fueled by a desire to positively impact climate change, build more sustainable and healthy communities and pass the torch to the next generation. Trish is well recognized as a relentless champion for STEM/STEAM education, entrepreneurship, sustainability and the global expertise and applied research infrastructure available in Canada for addressing the energy transition, climate leadership and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria. She holds a Master of Arts from the faculty of Education in Curriculum and Leadership from Gonzaga University, a B.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of Alberta and joins SAIT most recently from one of Canada’s fastest growing material science companies — ZS2 Technologies — where she held an executive position as Vice President, Global Business Development. An active and engaged community volunteer, Trish has previously served on the board of Youth Unlimited Calgary, was one of the founding members of the Canadian Blockchain Consortium, and is currently mentoring new technology startups through Intergen Connect. She is also a member of feminist financial platform The51, Women in Cleantech and Sustainability, the Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN), The Okanagan Sustainability Leadership Council (OKSLC)- Net Zero Valley Committee, The Calgary Ukrainian Professional Business Club and past member of the Werklund School of Education Dean’s Circle at the University of Calgary. In her spare time, Trish also volunteers with the Calgary Stampede as past vice- Chair of the Indigenous Nations committee and current coordinator of the Indigenous Relay Races.